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Sep 21, 2010 7:00pm PDT
>>> welcome to "newsline." it's wednesday september 22nd, 11:00 a.m. in tokyo. glad you could join us. >>> a chief prosecutor was arrested on tuesday on suspicion of data tampering during an investigation. sources close to the public prosecutor's office say that a colleague suspected the data tampering had occurred around february and argued with the chief prosecutor over the matter. the supreme prosecutor's office arrested tsunehiko maeda of the osaka district office on suspicion of tampering with data while investigating a ministry official suspected of fraud. the supreme prosecutor's office carried out a search of maeda's residence for more than two hours on tuesday evening. the sources say maeda's colleague pointed out that the data may have been intentionally falsified. the sources say the quarrel was reported to higher-ranking officials of the district prosecutor's office. the supreme prosecutor's office will question the officials and colleagues who worked with maeda at the osaka prosecutor's office at that time. it's also trying to find maeda's motive for tampering with the
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Sep 15, 2010 7:00pm PDT
of "newsline." >>> israeli and palestinian negotiators will continue working toward resolving a dispute over the building of new jewish settlements. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu and palestinian president mahmoud abbas held talks in jerusalem on wednesday after a meeting in egypt on tuesday. the talks were mediated by u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton. the major point of contention is the construction of jewish settlements in israeli occupied territories. israel says it will not extend a freeze on building settlements and will resume construction later this month. but the palestinian side insists that it will walk out of the talks if construction is resumed. after the talks u.s. special envoy george mitchell said the two leaders discussed the issue frankly but that no deal has yet been reached. last-minute negotiations will continue among high-ranking officials next week as israel's settlement activities are expected to resume late this month. >>> former pakistani president pervez musharraf says he will form a new party next month in preparation for the national elections s
PBS
Sep 6, 2010 7:00pm PDT
>>> hello there. this is "newsline." welcome. glad you could join us. it's tuesday, september 7th, 11:00 a.m. in tokyo. >>> the international atomic energy agency said iran stepped up its uranium enrichment activities. on monday, the watchdog organization urged them to cooperate with inspections. the iae said iran enriched uranium by the end of august. the amount quadrupled from april, showing iran expanded it its enrichment program even after the u.n. imposed more sanctions in june. they expect iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons. it's called on the country to allow inspectors to view all nuclear facilities and interview relevant officials. iran's nuclear program will be discussed at an iae board meeting september thenth. the latest revelation is expected to lead to increased pressure on iran to stop its uranium enrichment activities. >>> with the u.s. midterm elections less than two months away campaigns started in earnest on labor day, monday. president barack obama was in the midwestern state of wisconsin to rally support for democratic party candidates running in the no
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Sep 24, 2010 7:00pm PDT
you >>> hello again and welcome back to "newsline." japanese prosecutors have decided to release the captain of a chinese fishing boat. he was arrested on suspicion of attempting to obstruct an inspection in japanese territorial waters. the captain will be handed over to japanese immigration authorities and then sent back to china. the 41-year-old chinese captain was arrested on september 7th after his trawler collided with a japanese patrol ship off the senkaku islands in the east china sea. >> the prosecutor cited that given an impact on the japanese public and future relations with china they decided it is not appropriate to detain the captain any longer. they said the captain will be released after proceedings are completed. japan's chief cabinet secretary says the government understands the decision taken by prosecutors. the government received a report from the naha district public prosecutors office that the decision was in line with japan's criminal laws. >> he said prime minister naoto kan was informed of the decision through his secretaries and that china was informed t
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Sep 2, 2010 7:00pm PDT
>>> this is "newsline." welcome. glad you could join us on this edition. it's friday september 3rd, 11:00 a.m. in tokyo. i'm catherine tokobayashi. we first go to ines matsuyama, who has the latest in business news. ines? >> thanks, catherine. hello. >>> in japan's manufacturing sector capital spending fell over 10% from april through june compared with a year ago. the finance ministry surveyed more than 23,000 firms with capital of at least $120,000. the survey shows that investment on plant and equipment cross all industries except for finance and insurance fell by 1.7%. looking in detail, the manufacturing sector plunged 10.5%, while non-manufacturers saw a rise of 3.4%. looking at earnings, the survey shows that sales and profit in both manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors rose. the drop in capital spending for makers stands as a cautious stance at business prospects. >>> tokyo stocks extended their gains friday morning following a rise in new york. the nikkei ended the morning session at 9,097 points, up 0.4%, or 35 ticks almost. investors took their cue from a slightly
PBS
Sep 7, 2010 7:00pm PDT
>>> this is "newsline." welcome. glad you could join us. it is wednesday, september 8th, 11:00 a.m. in tokyo. the latest u.s. media poll shows that the public approval rate for u.s. president barack obama has fallen below 50% for the first time since he took office. in a joint poll by abc news and "the washington post" last week, obama's public approval rating stood at 46%. this is down more than 20 percentage points from february, 2009, shortly after obama became president. on the economy nearly 70% said he is making it worse or having no real effect. nearly 60% said they disapproved of his handling of the federal budget deficit. when asked about the mid term legislative elections in november, respondents gave republican candidates a more than ten-point lead over the democrats. >>> an alleged car bombing has left 16 people dead and more than 50 wounded in northwestern pakistan. the attack targeted police residences. the blast went off in the town of kohot tuesday night and destroyed more than ten buildings. officials say the victims include six police officers and their family m
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Sep 8, 2010 7:00pm PDT
>>> hello, grad you could join outside this edition of "newsline." it's thursday, september 9th, 11:00 a.m. here in tokyo. first take a look at the latest in business news with ines matsuyama. >> thanks, catherine, hello. the u.s. economy is losing steam, according to the federal reserve. citing widespread signs of a slow-down. the central bank released its latest survey of business activity on wednesday. the so-called beige book says the overall economy grew at a modest pace. but five out of the 12 federal reserve districts showed mixed conditions, or slowing. among them are new york on the east coast, chicago in the midwest, and atlanta in the south. it also said housing and commercial real estate markets were sluggish and manufacturing grew at a slower pace. the latest survey is a downgrade from the previous report in july. that report also said the pace of economic activity had slowed in some districts. >>> barack obama has announced an additional $180 billion in economic stimulus measures, including massive tax breaks in corporate investment. the announcement comes ahead of u.s
PBS
Sep 9, 2010 7:00pm PDT
>>> this is "newsline." glad you to join us. it's friday, september 10th, 11:00 a.m. i'm catherine kobayashi. here are your updates. >>> nhk learned prime minister naoto kan has the lead over ichiro ozawa in the race for the democratic president of the party of japan. the winner will almost be confirmed by the diet as prime minister. in the election to take place on tuesday, votes will be tallied according to a point system with dpj diet members accounting for 822 points out of a total of 1,222. party members belonging to local government bodies have votes worth 100 points and rank and file party members are allocated 300 points. an nhk survey showed diet members are almost equally divided between kan and ozawa with each having about 180 lawmakers in his camp. the remaining lawmakers, about 50 in number, are undecided. more than half of the nearly 2,400 local government party members say they will support kan, while about 700 back ozawa. the remaining 500 are undecided. kan and ozawa will try to win over undecided lawmakers in a policy debate on friday and through other efforts in
PBS
Sep 10, 2010 7:00pm PDT
>>> hello, welcome to "newsline." i'm hideshi hara in tokyo with the latest at this hour. the osaka district court found a bureau chief of the ministry not guilty in involvement in postal fraud. >> i have believed that i could get such good results. i'm so pleased at the judgment. >> 54-year-old former bureau chief murako was charged with forging a certificate to help a fictitious organization gain recognition as a group for the disabled. she consistently denied having any connection to the matter. the court cleared her of any wrong doing and dismissed the prosecutor's allegations. the prosecutors said that ministry officials acknowledged her involvement, but a number of them denied this. and joining us in the studio with some insight on this story is our reporter. so, the court sharply criticized the prosecutors for the way they did their investigations of this case. presumption of guilt, how did they proceed? >> actually it looked as if the prosecutor themselves were judging in court. here is the gist of the prosecutor's argument. a man who headed a fictitious organization wanted
PBS
Sep 13, 2010 7:00pm PDT
this american land, this is bruce burkhardt. >>> hello there. welcome to "newsline." it's tuesday, september 14th. 11:00 a.m. in tokyo. i'm catherine kobayashi. >>> lawmakers of the ruling democratic party of japan will vote for a new party president on tuesday. the race is a close contest between former party secretary-general icihro o zau ozawa and naoto kan. >>> they started their campaigns on september 1st. it has been a tough competition. during the campaign, ozawa stressed he has the leadership to implement the needed policies. >> translator: i'll work hard until the last moment. >> reporter: kan said the party had to do away with old-style money politics and become more transparent. >> translator: i'll do my best to convey my ideas at the party convention. >> reporter: all of the ballots will be added up based on a points system. each of the lawmakers has two points, making for a total of 822. 100 points are set asided for local assembly members. rank and file members and supporters account for 300 points. the ballots of local assembly members and supporters have already be
PBS
Sep 14, 2010 7:00pm PDT
>>> hello there. welcome to this edition of "newsline." glad you could join us. it's wednesday, september 15th. 11:00 a.m. in tokyo. i'm catherine kobayashi. >>> the yen continues to rise. the japanese government has finally stepped in. we have the details. >> thanks, catherine. good morning. >>> on the new york foreign exchange the japanese currency soared to the 82 yen level against the u.s. dollar on tuesday, following prime minister kan's victory in the democratic party presidential race. earlier on the tokyo foreign exchange, the dollar hit the 82-yen level for the first time in about 15 years. the move follows japan prime minister kan's reelection as head of the dpj on tuesday. he defeated ichiro 0 za with a. sources say that investors are also selling the dollar against other currencies on speculation the u.s. may take other easing measures. currently the dollar is changing hands at 84.09-10. earlier on the tokyo foreign exchange, the dollar hit the 82-yen level for the first time about 15 years and we had this story earlier. as the dollar weakens, gold prices in new yor
PBS
Sep 16, 2010 7:00pm PDT
>>> it's friday september 17th, 11:00 a.m. in tokyo. welcome to this edition of "newsline." >>> prime minister naoto kan will launch his new cabinet on friday following his re-election as the democratic party leader. kan will appoint ak heero o'hata as the economy trade and minister. he's a seven-term lower house member of the ruling democratic party with a strong support base among labor unions. kan is planning to name the democratic party's policy chief koichiro gemba as national strategy minister. gemba now serves as cabinet minister in charge of reforming the public servants' system. kan is also considering appointing land and transport minister seiji maehara to the post of foreign minister. the current foreign minister, katsuya okada, has accepted kan's request for him to become the democratic party's secretary-gener secretary-general. chief cabinet secretary yoshio sengoku and finance minister yoshihiko noda are expected to retain their posts. in the new party executive line-up kan asked former party secretary-general ichiro ozawa and the party's upper house leader,
PBS
Sep 20, 2010 7:00pm PDT
>>> hello there. welcome to this edition of "newsline." glad you could join us. it's tuesday, september 21st, 11:00 a.m. in tokyo. >>> u.s. vice president joe biden said japan is central to u.s. efforts to improve relations with china. his comment came amid growing tension between china and japan amid the arrest of a chinese trawler captain. >> i would argue strongly there is an emerging relationship that has to be -- we have to get right between the united states and china. but quite frankly, i don't know how that relationship can be made right other than going through tokyo. >> biden also said japanese cooperation was vital in dealing with north korea. >> there is no possibility of us getting a policy correct and being successful in the korean peninsula without japan. >> the riff between china and japan is growing over the arrest of a chinese fishing captain we mentioned just now. for allegedly colliding with japan coast guard ships. the incident has caused a backlash against japan in china. >>> china postponed its invitation to a japanese youth delegation that was to start
PBS
Sep 23, 2010 7:00pm PDT
>>> glad you could join us on this edition of "newsline." it's friday september 24th, 11:00 a.m. in tokyo. i'm catherine kobayashi. >>> japanese prime minister naoto kan and u.s. president barack obama held talks in new york on thursday. this was their second meeting since kan assumed office in june and was aimed at deepening the japan-u.s. alliance. kan was expected to explain his plan to steadily move forward with the relocation of the u.s. futenma air station in okinawa based on the bilateral agreement reached in may. he is also likely to have asked obama to help reduce the burden on the people of okinawa. the two leaders are also expected to have agreed to advance bilateral cooperation in wide-ranging areas, including the economy, security and development assistance. this year marks the 50th anniversary of the revision of the japan-u.s. security treaty. the two leaders are also likely to have exchanged views on the global economic situation. kan is believed to have explained to obama about the recent intervention by the japanese government in foreign exchange markets to st
PBS
Sep 28, 2010 7:00pm PDT
. welcome to this edition of "newslin "newsline." >>> the japanese government has stepped up a diplomatic offensive to explain its position on the impasse with china. tensions between the two countries have risen sharply since a collision of boats in the east china sea earlier this month. foreign minister seiji maehara said on tuesday that he instructed japan's missions abroad to explain the incident to their host nations and china's reaction. prime minister naoto kan said he plans to do the same when he attends the asia-europe meeting in brussels next week. >> japan last week released the captain of the chinese fishing boat that collided with japanese patrol vessels near japan's senkaku islands. china also claims the islands. however, relations have since shown little sign of improvement. chief cabinet secretary yoshito sengoku said on tuesday that the ball is now in china's court. but a chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said japan should first take concrete actions to mend ties. >>> the latest quarterly survey of business sentiment in japan has been released. ines matsuyama from our
PBS
Sep 29, 2010 7:00pm PDT
of "newsline." >>> the united states and china have agreed to resume military ties, which had been cut off early this year when the u.s. decided to sell arms to taiwan. the u.s. defense department says the agreement was made at a meeting in beijing on wednesday, with deputy assistant secretary michael schiffer and chinese officials. the two countries agreed to expand dialogue and deepen military cooperation. they'll hold working-level talks in hawaii in mid october. a vice ministerial meeting -- or vice ministerial-level meeting is scheduled later this year in washington. the two sides had recently started to improve bilateral relations. u.s. president barack obama met chinese premier wen jiabao in new york last week. they confirmed the need to deepen economic and security ties. >>> a former deputy secretary-general of the main governing democratic party is now in china in a bid to repair the frayed ties between japan and china. relations soured after japanese authorities detained the captain of a chinese fishing boat that had collided with japan coast guard patrol ships earlier this month
PBS
Sep 1, 2010 5:00pm PDT
-- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> hi, there. with being to "newsline." it's thursday, septeer 2nd, 8:00 a.m. in tokyo. in washington, u.s. president barack obama has met israeli and palestinian leaders on the eve of direct peace talks. during a meeting on wednesday with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu, obama condemned wednesday's killings of four jewish settlers. >> united states will be unwavering in its support of israel's security. we will push back against these kinds of terrorist activities. >> oba said he would not allow extremists to derail the peace process through violence. in a separate talk with palestinian president mahmoud you abbas, obama praised him for condemning the incident. they will resume direct talks on thursday for the first time in 20 months. obama wants an agreement within 12 months. but difference its over on the construction of jewish settlements and other issues are likely to weigh heavily on the upcoming negotiations. >>> three scesse bombs have blasted a shia muslim procession in eastern pakistan, killing at least 20 people and
PBS
Sep 6, 2010 5:00pm PDT
>>> hello there. welcome to "newsline." it's tuesday, september 7th, 8:00 a.m. in tokyo. i'm catherine kobayashi. ufj plans to invest in a chinese company to launch a full scale asset management business in china. sources say mitsubishi ufj trust and the hang high based swwg asset company agreed that the japanese bank will purchase 33% of the chinese company's shares for about $100 million. mitsubishi is negotiating details of the plan with china's financial authorities. the chinese company is mainly managing personal assets of about 1.5 billion. mitsubishi ufg trust says individual investment will increase as china's economy grows sharply. the japanese bank is also predicting strong interest from institutional investors in areas such as pension investments. restrictions on foreign investment in the asset management business are easing in china. mitsubishi ufg trust is the first bank to invest in an asset-management company in china. >>> infectiousisease experts are calling for antibiotics for the mdm-1 gene which is recent to most antibacterial drugs. the ndm-1 infection c
PBS
Sep 7, 2010 5:00pm PDT
>>> hello there. welcome to "newsline." it's wednesday, september 8st, 8:00 a.m. in tokyo. i'm catherine kobayashi with your updates. >>> the japan coast guard has arrested the captain of a chinese fishing boat on suspicion of attempting to obstruct an inspection i japanese territorial waters. the 41-year-old chinese captain was arrested early on wednesday morning after his trawler collided with a japanese patrol ship off the senkaku islands off the east china sea tuesday. coast guard officials say the trawler was operating in japanese waters. they also say the fishing boat ignored a warning to stop and collided with the two patrol ships as it fled. the fishing boat eventually stopped outside japanese waters and coast guard officials boarded the trawler to question its crew. the officialsoncluded that the captain intentionally rammed his boat into e of the patrol ships to obstruct the inspection. chinese fishing boats are frequently seen in japan's exclusive economic zone near the islands, and the coast guard repeatedly calls on them to halt operations. the senkaku islands ar
PBS
Sep 8, 2010 5:00pm PDT
>>> hello there. welcome to "newsline." glad you to join us. it's thursday, september 9th, 8:00 a.m. in tokyo. i'm catherine kobayashi. >>> energy giant bp has concluded that the catastrophic gulf oil spill was caused by a linked series of mechanical and human failures involving multiple companies. its report has immediately been met by a backlash. the investigation was conducted by a team of bp and outside experts, and disclosed on wednesday. the report blames eight interlinked findings for the incident or accident including the poor quality of cement used to contain hydrocarbons at the sea bottom and the rig crew's delay in noticing irregular ates. outgoing bp representative tony hayward says a series of events led to the tragedy. he insisted transocean and others are responsible. transocean immediately issued a comment calling the report a self-serve attempt to conceal the real cause of the explosion that started the disaster. it said bp had made a series of cost-saving decisions that increased the risk of an accident. the accident in april in the gulf of mexico left 11 dead an
PBS
Sep 27, 2010 5:00pm PDT
>>> hello and welcome to "newsline," it's fuse, september 28th, 8:00 a.m. in tokyo, i'm therineobayhi with your update. >>> north korean leader, kim jong il, has named his third son, kim jong un, as a four-star general. the official korean central news agency made the announcement early on tuesday. the opening day of the conference. it marks the first time that the son's name has ever gone public. kim jong un is also expected to be given a high ranking party post to succeed his father. the announcement said the leader's younger sister, kim yung he has also been promoted to a four-star general. she's considered to be a caretaker for the transfer of power. >>> japanese prime minister naoto kan said he's thinking of attending the asian europe meeting in belgium next week. seeking support of european countries over the maritime collision in the senkaku islands. speaking to reporters, kan said asean leaders and be be many european countries will be at the meeting and he thinks japan should be represented. >>> kan would meet leaders through bilateral talks on the sidelines o
PBS
Sep 28, 2010 5:00pm PDT
>>> hello. there welcome to "newsline" on wednesday, september 29th, 8:00 a.m. in tokyo. i'm catherine kobayashi. north korea's state-run media say kim jong-il's third son kim jong un has been named vice chairman of the korean worker's party. the announcement suggests kim jong un has officially been chosen as kim jong-il's successor. the wednesday morning report says the decision was made at the conference of the workers party in a general meeting of the central commission, the party's leadership body. no images have been made public so far. members of the party's central military commission lead the korean people's army. 19 people, including kim jong-il have been chosen as members of the commission. kim jong un who was earlier given the title of four star general has been named vice chairman of the central military commission, a new post. 30 years ago when kim jong-il first appeared in public as the successor to his father, he was also chosen as a member of the central military commission. jim jiang ill's younger sister kim kyong hui has been named a member of the politic
PBS
Sep 27, 2010 7:00pm PDT
>>> hello there. welcome to "newsline." it's tuesday, september 28th, 11:00 a.m. in tokyo. >>> north korean leader kim jong-il has named his third son, kim jong-un a four-star general in the military. north korea's state-run television made the special announcement on tuesday, the opening day of the workers party conference. it marks the first time that the son's name has ever been mentioned in public. kim jong-un is also expected to be given a high-ranking party post to succeed his father. the announcement said the leader's younger sister, kim yong he, has also been promoted to a four-star general. it's thought she will serve as care taker until power is transferred to kim jong-un. now little is known about kim jong-un, even basic facts about jong-un, who is likely to succeed his father as leader, have been long been shrouded in mystery. >> such things as the year of kim jong-un's birth cannot be acertained with certainty. it is widely thought that the heir apparent was born in 1983, but some experts suggest 1984 is the more likely year. in the late 1990s, kim jong-un stu
PBS
Sep 1, 2010 7:00pm PDT
>>> hello there. this is "newsline." welcome. it's thursday september 2nd, 11:00 a.m. in tokyo. i'm catherine kobayashi. we're going to start with business news. the markets are rising following wall street's gains. ines matsuyama joins us with the details. >> that's right, catherine. good morning. wall street's rally spurred a rebound in tokyo stocks on thursday morning. investors helped push the nikkei average above the 9,000-yen level. the index ended the morning session at 9,035 points, up 1.2%, or 108 ticks from wednesday's close. sources say the stronger than expected data on u.s. manufacturers' business sentiment drove new york stocks up. that surge prompted investors in tokyo to go on a buying spree. >>> checking currencies, the dollar's hovering around a narrow range against the yen on thursday morning. it's currently at 84.33-35. while the euro's at 107.92-97. before the dollar started its slide, it gained against the yen, thanks to better than forecast u.s. manufacturing data. here's a look at the latest long-term interest rates. this is the yield on the benchmark ten-y
PBS
Aug 31, 2010 7:00pm PDT
>>> hello there. welcome to "newsline." it's wednesday september 1st, 11:00 a.m. in tokyo. i'm catherine kobayashi. the ruling democratic party of japan has announced the start of official campaigning for its presidential election on september 14th. the former secretary-general, ichiro ozawa, and prime minister naoto kan, the current dpj president, are running as candidates. nhk world reporter minako misawa is at the party's headquarters. minako? >> reporter: yes. deputies filed candidacy applications for ozawa and kan on wednesday morning. each candidate had endorsements from more than 20 fellow lawmakers. ozawa and kan will hold a joint news conference later in the day. the democratic party's victory last year ended more than 50 years of virtually unbroken rule by the liberal democratic party. but the dpj suffered a major setback in the upper house election in july. the upcoming leadership vote will be the first poll since that election. both candidates are party leaders who have long worked to put the dpj into power. in this presidential election votes will be counted acco
PBS
Sep 3, 2010 7:00pm PDT
the first public appearance on saturday. >>> that's it for "newsline." thanks for joining us on nhk world. 
PBS
Sep 17, 2010 7:00pm PDT
>>> welcome back to "newsline." the new cabinet of prime minister naoto kan presented the members of the new government. they were sworn in friday evening. one of them is land and truck port minister seiji maehara, who was appointed as the new foreign minister. and finance minister yoshihiko noda retains his post. akihiro ohato, economy, trade and industry minister. the defense minister keeps his position. former tottori governor yoshihiro katayama, internal affairs minister. democratic party policy research committee chief will also serve as reform minister. shozaburo jimi retains his position as postal reform minister. he is a member of the people's new party, the dpj's governing coalition partner. kan says his new cabinet will tackle three main issues including promoting the economy and improving japan's role in the global community. he spoke friday at the cabinet's first meeting. >> translator: we will aim to become a cabinet that will do what it has said and will address concrete matters. first of all, we must tackle economic issues. they include economic growth, employment a
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Sep 22, 2010 7:00pm PDT
three-day outlook. >>> and that's all we have for this edition of "newsline." i'm hideshi hara in tokyo. we'll be back in half an hour. thanks for joining us on nhk world. j
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